Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Temporary Organ Improves Christmas Music

Christmas Music Lives with Organ Transplant You probably won’t have the same response to this headline that I did. I thought the story was about an organist who had received a successful organ transplant; over the years, I have known … Continue reading

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New Complete Edition of Bach’s Organ Works

A New Critico-Practical Complete Edition of Bach’s Organ Works This complete edition of Bach’s Organ Works is an achievement of monumental character. For the first time, the principles — the interpretation — of these works are elucidated. No studious, ambitious … Continue reading

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Music Looks Great

I received the music today.  Looks great.  Thanks very much! —California, USA

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Bedient Opus 6 Played by 82 Year Old Organist

The Spirit of Making Joyful Noise Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Platte, Nebraska, has a Bedient (Opus 6) in the choir loft. As you can see in the photo, their 82 year orld organist, Virginia Knapp, enjoys playing it. … Continue reading

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Syracuse’s Great Roosevelt

For 120 years, the Roosevelt Organ has Graced Syracuse The highlight of any visit to Syracuse, this towering musical instrument is a required experience if you are nearby. You will notice in the article the following text: “That changed during … Continue reading

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Goulding and Wood Not Hit by Tornado

Indy Company Building Organ for Church Hit by Tornado From the file of Misleading Headlines: When I saw this a few days ago, I didn’t remember hearing about a tornado around Indianapolis. Upon reading this brief article, it became clear … Continue reading

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Hope-Jones Never Altered

Fitz’s Stockton: A Man with A Past and A Pipe Organ By Michael Fitzgerald, December 2014 Within downtown Stockton’s Masonic Temple, in a second-floor room called the Commandery, a former spy plays a most unusual instrument for degrees and installations. … Continue reading

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Cheshire’s Aeolian-Skinner, Op 1179, Playing Again

Organ Back in Service for Lessons and Carols This Weekend This very brief article announces that the Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1179, will be used for the coming service. This is one of the smaller Aeolian-Skinners and I could find no photo … Continue reading

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Mr Barnes Moved Around A Lot

I received the music today. [Barnes.Reverie.html] Thank you ! Mr. Barnes moved around a lot. I guess that he could not decide where he wanted to live when he grew up ! Thanks again for the music. —Ohio, USA

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Good News from Wicks

Wicks Organ Survives Downturn, Resumes Production Here is good news from Wicks Organs: Four years ago, Wicks decided to end production of custom-built organs and shift to providing parts, maintenance and repairs. Behind the retrenchment was the recession, which lightened … Continue reading

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